Serostim is an injectable prescription medicine used to treat patients that have tested HIV-positive associated wasting. This treatment is to increase lean body mass and weight, and improve physical endurance. It is the only medication approved by the FDA that can increase energy, weight, and body mass in people that have HIV. The patient must also undergo antiretroviral therapy at the same time. Anyone administering the medication should be trained by a healthcare professional on how to mix and inject Serostim before using. It should be injected into the arms, legs, abdomen as long as they are not sore or bruised, and should be changed daily.
In one trial of Serostim, 757 diagnosed patients were studied across multiple sites in 8 countries. These participants would receive the medication every day, every other day, or an inactive substance for 12 weeks. A portion of those people continued on treatment for 24-48 weeks. Assessed by a stationary bike excerise after the trial was completed, these people showed an average of a 9% increase in their physcial endurance if they took the medication daily. Those that took it every other day saw an 8% increase, and those that took the inactive substance saw a decrease.
Only a total of 646 patients completed the 12 week study, however they continued to use it. Those that completed the trial reported that they had a better appetite, as well as more enjoyment in eating. There was improvements in their mood and physical appearance. They also gained weight, which significantly improved their health. All groups reported an increase of weight, however the group that took a daily dose of the medication saw a greater increase in lean body mass and body weight.
Some of the most common side effects of Serostim reported were swelling in the hands, feet, or around the eyes, bone muscle, and joint pain, and unusual skin sensations. Some of the more serious side effects that require medical attention are headaches, changes in vision, and vomiting, or allergic reactions. If you happen to experience some of these side affects or others not listed, let your doctor know and they may prescribe a pain reliever or lower your dosage.
If you are planning on using Serostim, you must tell your doctor if you have cancer or had cancer once before, if you have or are at risk for diabetes, and if you are taking other medicines whether they are prescribed or over-the-counter. Other medications can react with each other. It is also unknown if this medication can pass into your breast milk or could harm your unborn baby, so it is important to let your doctor know if you are nursing, pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
If you have a serious illness from surgery, or any serious injuries or severe breathing problems you should not take Serostim. A few more reasons you should not take it is if you have cancer or undergoing cancer treatment, eye problems caused by diabetes, or allergies to growth hormones or any other ingredients Serostim may contain.
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